Planning a baby shower can be quite
the task. Many details need to be considered. There is who to invite,
where the party will take place, food, drinks, and activities to
engage the guests in. It could put a damper on the party if the
guest list is not properly attended to. Nobody wants the mother
to be stressed out because a friend or family member was not invited.
Forgetting to include games will leave the party dull and listless
with people idling.
Even if one or two things get over looked these situations can
always be corrected. Much like life, a party is what you make it.
If a guest is forgotten apologies and gifts will mend hurt feelings.
If game ideas were not given proper attention get creative and come
up with some ideas with items you already have. A deck of cards
can typically be found in most people’s houses. Simple items
such as pen paper can be tools for a game. The following 8 step
guide will take the pressure off making it easier to main control
over the party planning. With the baby shower invitations sent, games ready
to be played, and all minute details covered the planner can enjoy
the party too.
- Who, What, Where
First things first, we all know it is a baby shower. So, the “what”
is taken care of. The “Who” requires a little more
attention. Who is going to throw the baby shower, an individual
or several people? Also, a guest list must be designed. This task
may require the help of several people for names and addresses
to be available to the planner. Where to hold the event also needs
to be considered. Will it be held at a house or at a venue? The
appropriate arrangements should be made early on in the development
of the party. Once the basics are taken care of along comes every
- Little Details
It may not seem like a big project getting all the little details
in order. However, some times a lot of little things can become
one big thing. The time and date should be set as soon as possible.
Make sure that the time and date decided on is convenient for
the guest of honor and the people closest to her such as her family.
This may appear to be a simple task, but often people have conflicting
schedules and this task could prove itself to be quite difficult.
The budget will also need to be considered. How much can be spent?
Get creative when it comes to managing the budget. Perhaps have
it in your home instead renting out a venue. This will allow for
more money to be spent on food and games. Make sure to stay organized.
Keep a schedule for not only the time that will be spent at the
party, but also for how time will be spent planning for the baby
shower. With these details decided upon creating a theme can be
granted full attention.
- The Theme
Themes are a great way to create the atmosphere of the baby shower.
When the guests arrive they will be more inclined to partake in
the festivities when the room is inviting and illuminating the
reason for the event. The theme can consist of narrow or broad
concepts. For instances, it could be centered on a cartoon character
or even just a color. It is important to be conscience of what
the mother to be would enjoy. However, it can be somewhat easy
to go over board. Be careful not to over due it. We do not want
guests going into baby visual delirium.
- The Guest List
The stress the guest list can create for the planner can have
all the strain that Atlas endured under the weigh of the world.
There is no way to avoid the necessity for this grueling task
so jump in to it with vigor. First consider how many people the
budget will allow. Decide if this going to be women only or if
every one is to be invited. Consult with family members and close
friends to get all the details on who should be invited and if
anybody should be avoided. Make the guest list then look at it
again, and again. Make sure no one is excluded from being considered.
- After all it is a Party
Now it is time to get creative focusing on fun. With the budget
and the theme in mind start shopping for decorations and invitation
stationary. Always remember to include games! The fun and laughter
games will create will make the entire stressful shower planning
- Designing a Menu Concept
Every body has to eat they might as well enjoy it. Once again
taking the budget in to consideration plan a menu that will have
some thing that all the guests can enjoy. Do not forget about
dessert! Chocolate and sweets are things most people can agree
on and a course you can never have too much of.
- Lets Talk Party Favors
For the most part the guests will be the one’s bringing
the gifts. However, that does not mean that there cannot be gifts
for the guests too. This will show instant gratitude from the
mother to be. It is also a good way to get every body interacting.
Do not worry about sticking to traditions. A little originality
can go a long way. Making gift bags personal can add a nice touch.
Gifts for guest do not have to be limited to just gift bags. Incorporating
prizes into the games is good way to get people involved and interested.
- The Aftermath
A plan for when activities will take place should be devised before
the party gets going. The details of when games will be played,
food will be served, and when the shower will be over should be
taken in to consideration. Then after the shower is over who will
help clean up? Who will help the mother to be transport her baby
goods home? What will be done with left over food? While these
decisions may seem overwhelming in and of itself just take it
one step at a time. These factors will have to be determined the
solutions will be more efficient if planned before the party begins.